Peer Support

Peer support is a relationship in which people see each other as equal partners and where the focus is on mutual learning and growth. At the roots of peer support there is a hope and a belief that through sharing and support we can transform our lives and the lives of our communities for the better.

“I know whenever one of my patients sees a peer support worker, magic happens”

Why Peer Support

The value of peer support in promoting people’s health and well-being is recognised by the NHS within the 5-Year Forward View. The NHS’s Realising the Value programme identified the role of peer support in enabling people with long term conditions, such as HIV, in contributing to personal well-being and improved clinical outcomes, resulting in cost savings to health and social care.

In the field of HIV the BHIVA Standards of Care identify the value of engaging with peer support services and the NHS contracts for both adults and children’s clinical care identify the role of peer support in promoting self-management.

“I now see myself as someone who can support others”

In 2014 UN AIDS set the 90-90-90 targets, of 90% people living with HIV diagnosed, 90% on treatments and 905% having an undetectable viral load. However, we need a fourth target with 90% of people living with HIV experiencing good quality of life, and to achieve this we must provide the rights means of support.

Fundamentally peer support is valued by people living with HIV as essential in managing physical, emotional and social well-being by addressing isolation, challenging perceptions of stigma, developing support networks and helping navigate the complexities of living with HIV.

Using the Standards

These standards provide a benchmark for good practice in peer support. They are for people living with HIV to set out what they can expect when accessing or providing peer support, organisations in informing the design and delivery of support, health and social care professionals to better engage with peer support, commissioners and policy makers in inform service design and ensure the effective commissioning of quality peer support.

“In simple terms peer support saves lives and health care funds”

The standards set out the competencies and skills required for delivering peer support, auditable indicators and outcomes to demonstrate effectiveness and examples of good practice to draw upon.

Through the implementation of these standards we want to ensure peer support is accessible to everyone living with HIV across the UK.

Produced by

Positively UK

In partnership with:

The National Standards for Peer Support in HIV were funded by The Monument Trust

Endorsed by:

International HIV PartnershipsReShape
Forum LinkSalamander Trust
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